Past winners

Queensland Women in STEM Prize

Congratulations to our past winners.

2020 winners

Jury Award winner – Samantha Nixon

People's Choice Award winner – Denuja Karunakaran

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award winner – Toni Hay

2020 finalists

Jury Award finalist – Kate Quigley

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award finalist – Keely Perry

People's Choice Award finalist – Divya Mehta

2019 winners

Jury Award – Amanda Dawson

People’s Choice Award – Anu Choudhary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award – Clare Villalba

2018 winners

Jury Award – Cecile Godde

People’s Choice Award – Amy Chan

2017 winners

Jury Award – Nasim Amiralian

People’s Choice Award – Jordan Debono

2016 winners

Jury Award – Shyuan Ngo

Jury Award – Linda Pfeiffer

Jury Award – Josephine Forbes

People's Choice Award – Shyuan Ngo

Read more about some past winners, and how winning the prize has changed their lives – meet:

2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize compilation video

Watch this short video about the 2020 finalists, their research and their aspirations for girls and women.

Video transcript

[Voiceover]: In Queensland, we have thousands of extraordinary women working across science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

They are developing new medicines and treatments to keep Queenslanders healthy, protecting our fragile natural environment and unique animal species, and at the cutting edge of robotics, data analysis, and technology.

Queensland is a growing destination for discovery and innovation and our women are leading the charge.

Let's celebrate the women working in STEM in Queensland.

[Associate Professor Divya Mehta]: STEM plays an integral role in our lives.

It really does spark creativity, critical thinking as well as innovation.

And these are all fields that women are naturally good at.

[Keely Perry]: I think STEM is kind of pigeonholed when people think that it is only science, technology engineering, mathematics, but you could find anything in each of them and anyone can enjoy any part of it.

It's a massive industry, and I think there is part in it to enjoy for everyone.

[Samantha Nixon]: I think science is one of the most exciting things that you can possibly do.

Every day, you get to go into the lab or go out into the field and learn something, discover something that no one else has known before.

[Dr Kate Quigley]: I love STEM because it allows us to answer really important questions about the natural world.

That's just such an exciting thing to be able to wake up and do every day.

[Dr Denuja Karunakaran]: I think it's really exciting that women can bring in their uniqueness with regards to leadership skills, their creativity and use their brain to solve world problems.

[Samantha Nixon]: STEM is so exciting because it allows you to bring in your creative thinking and your critical thinking to solve really complex problems with new and different ways that people haven't thought of before.

[Keely Perry] Put your hand up for anything.

It's better to have the experience and know that you don't want to do it than to have no experience at all.

[Dr Kate Quigley]: Do things that initially scare you.

Push past those initial feelings of, "Am I good enough? Can I do this?", and just give it a shot.

[Associate Professor Divya Mehta]: Through STEM, we can make an important and significant contribution to society.

[Dr Denuja Karunakaran]: So I think it's very important for us to have more women in STEM that are visible and relatable and that people can look up to, especially young girls because this is a very promising career and has a lot of opportunities and potential for women to contribute to.

[Voiceover]: The Queensland Women in STEM Prize recognises these accomplishments.

Join us in these celebrations.